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Safe Routes to School
City of Takoma Park
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday
Community Center
3rd Floor

Contact
Safe Routes To School
Phone Fax Email
Address

Safe Routes to School
City of Takoma Park
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Hours & Location

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday
Community Center
3rd Floor

The mission of the Takoma Safe Routes to School program is to make it safe for students to walk and bike to school. The program serves students and families at Takoma Park, Piney Branch, Rolling Terrace, and East Silver Spring Elementary Schools, and Takoma Park Middle School. A Safe Routes to School grant from the State of Maryland funds the program.

To learn more about any of the following programs, contact the Safe Routes to School Coordinator at 301-891-7119.

Walk to School Day

Walk to School Day is held on the first Wednesday in October. Over 5,000 schools from 50 states participate, including five area schools. Walkers from the U.S. join students in 40 countries worldwide.

Safe Routes to School invites students, their families and school staff to participate in Walk to School Day.  All SRTS schools in Takoma Park make Walk to School Day a yearly event on the school calendar.

Check with your school’s administration or PTA for specific details about your school's Walk to School Day event to be held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

Bike Safety Rodeos

Safe Routes to School  collaborates with area schools to offer bike safety rodeos free of charge to local students. With a combination of classroom learning and hands-on bicycle training, this program teaches best safety practices for biking to school and around town.

Host your own Rodeo! Community leaders must attend a Train the Trainer session before borrowing the trailer to hold their own Bike Rodeo. A Bike Safety Education Train the Trainer session is held annually. Please contact the SRTS Coordinator to learn more.

Cross Safe, Cross Smart

To reinforce safe pedestrian practices, Takoma Park Safe Routes to School developed a Crosswalk Simulation Activity, now called Cross Safe, Cross Smart, for elementary school-aged kids. Cross Safe, Cross Smart includes a mock crosswalk, traffic signs, signals  and other interactive props to engage the students. The workshop, offered in schools and in the community, emphasizes all the basics of pedestrian safety including tips for students to share with parents.

In addition to school workshops, the Cross Safe, Cross Smart kit is loaned to individuals in the community for hands on instruction. Teachers, parents, scout leaders, coaches, for example, can borrow the kit and learn how to use it.  View the video and contact Lucy Neher, Safe Routes Coordinator to schedule a workshop or borrow the Cross Safe, Cross Smart kit.

Cross Safe, Cross Smart Training Video

TKPK5K Challenge

Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Safe Routes to School Takoma Park 5K Challenge promotes pedestrian safety by challenging the students, parents and staff at participating schools, and area residents to train and compete in the annual race held the first Sunday in May. Events include a 5K run or walk, a one-mile fun run and a quarter mile youth race. Proceeds from the 5K Challenge fund pedestrian safety and health initiatives through the local Parent Teacher Associations.

Challenge yourself at the upcoming TKPK5K. Registration opens in early February, click here for more information and to sign up.

Bike to School Day

Modeled after the successful Walk to School Day, students celebrate Bike to School Day by riding to school with their peers, teachers and guests on the first Wednesday in May.  Each year students and parents ride to school together and learn about proper helmet fitting and basic bike safety.

In 2018, Bike To School Day will be on Wednesday, May 9.   Check with your school for details.

On Bike to School Day and everyday, here are the top 5 tips to stay safe on your bike:

Crossing Guard Appreciation

Safe Routes to School offers families an opportunity to show their appreciation to the Takoma Park Crossing Guards.  Students bear simple gifts such as flowers, candy and cards that express their gratitude for another year of excellent service. On the first Tuesday in June,  we make it official on a special day devoted to saying thank you, next year on June 5, 2018.

iCan Shine Bike Camp for Individuals with Disabilities

Check out a video from 2015's camp here.

For the fourth year, Takoma Park Safe Routes to School is pleased to host the iCan Bike Camp, tentatively set for June 18 - June 22, 2018 at Takoma Academy, 8120 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park. The camp is designed to teach individuals with disabilities how to ride a conventional bike and become  lifelong independent riders! The camp is open to Maryland residents between 8 and 14 years of age , who can attend the camp for free.

Sixty volunteers are needed to assist the riders and provide encouragement and motivation. Volunteers must be over 16 and agree to come to the same session every day of camp. They are asked to arrive 15 minutes early for a briefing, so the total commitment is 90 minutes a day. Volunteering at the camp is Montgomery County SSL approved.

Session times:

Session 1:  8:30 – 9:45
Session 2:  10:05 – 11:20
Session 3:  11:40 – 12:55
Session 4:  2:00 – 3:15
Session 5:  3:35 – 4:50

Visit  iCan Shine  for additional information.

Parent Survey Online!

The parent survey is required twice a year, spring and fall. The survey data will assist the City with future grant proposals, refining programming and tracking progress.  Check back for the Fall 2017 survey.

Your feedback informs future Safe Routes programming. Check out this cool 2008- 2015 survey data INFO-GRAPHIC!

Safe Routes to School Newsletter

To read more about the City’s Safe Routes to School program sign up for the Safe Routes News!

Map Your Walk

Safe Routes helps parents determine the best route with walking maps for each school. The maps indicate which roads have sidewalks, crosswalks, crossing guards and stoplights and more. Click on the map for your school below.

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A child learns to bike independently during the 2015 iCan Shine bike camp, sponsored by Safe Routes to School.
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Participants in the Safe Routes to School 5K take their first steps from the starting line.

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